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BONUS: CALIFORNIA TEA PARTY VOTING RECOMMENDATIONS

Dear Readers: I am thrilled that California Tea Party Group‘s Dawn Wildman will be able to join Silvio and me for a Canto Talk show reviewing the June 7th California Primary results. Please click HERE for the show (live on Thursday, June 9 at 7pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or for podcast afterward).

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During the Primary Beer Caucus the SLOBs (San Diego Local Order of Bloggers) held this weekend, we decided that if we were going to offer a “California Tea Party Voter’s Guide – 2016 Primary edition”, that we really needed was 2:

  1. CONSERVATIVE: For Californians who continue to remain optimistic that our fellow citizens will someday vote in support of smaller government and fiscal restraint.
  2. STRATEGIC: For those of us who simply want the results that set us up for General Election success, given the current conditions in the state.

A big thanks to W.C. Varones for the two-option idea!

So, with this concept in mind, here are some of our recommendations:

PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

SENATE RACE:

  • CONSERVATIVE: Dawn strongly recommends Tom Del Beccaro for US Senate.
  • STRATEGIC:  Given that there is a snowball’s chance in hell California will place a Republican in the “Boxer Seat”, let’s give Bay Area politico Kamala Harris a real run for her money in November and pull the lever for Loretta Sanchez.  Harris has been busy with Washington DC insider glitterati to organize an attack on our First Amendment rights.  Sanchez is a Southern California woman who worked her way up through grassroots efforts and may pay more attention to her constituents in this region…as opposed to the Bay Area representatives who don’t even bother.

JUDGES: This site is priceless for helping select a good one: JUDGE VOTER GUIDE.

PROPOSITION 50: Proposition 50 is a constitutional amendment giving the California Legislature the authority to suspend members without pay on a two-thirds vote. Currently legislators can only vote to suspend with pay.

  • CONSERVATIVE: Dawn says “hell no”, as the measure is poorly worded and may allow the legislature to run amok.
  • STRATEGIC:  The LA Times says “hell no”, which compels me to give this a big thumbs-up.

CONGRESS:

The race we would like to feature is California-53, where Jim Ash is running an inspiring grassroots campaign for Susan Davis’ seat.  We would like to see Ash clear this hurdle and go on to November.

PREDICTIONS:June 7th will be an evening of comedy and chaos. The only predictions I am making are that I will not be sober at the end of the night, and that our June 9th Canto Talk show will be great.

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Dear Readers: It will be my pleasure to have two guests from the Language Creation Society, who helped establish and develop the fictional tongues that many fantasy and sci-fi fans promote, on Canto Talk this Thursday, May 12, at 10 am Pacific Time (12 Noon Central Time/1 pm Eastern Time). Click HERE to listen live, or after for the archived podcast.

Our two guests will be:

  • Sai, a current member of the Board of Directors and founder of the Language Creation Society.
  • Christophe Grandsire-Koevoets, President of the Language Creation Society

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If you are a fan of Game of Thrones or Star Trek, you have benefited from the society members’ creativity and love of the language arts.  The LCS has been instrumental in developing Dothraki for Game of Thrones.

I am thrilled to be able to help support the LCS in their amicus brief filing, regarding a legal case CBS/Paramount are filing against a fan-film that cites the Klingon language use as “proprietary”.

The LCS position as expressed in its filing is as follows:

“To claim copyright in a language is to claim ownership over all possible thoughts and artistic expression that might employ that language,” the attorneys argue in the amicus brief. “If not ownership, such a claim at least provides some support for the idea that the copyright owner could, at some point, simply pull the plug on any future development in the language.”

…The attorneys point to previous case law, including on constructed programming languages. In Computer Assocs. Int’l v. Alta, the court found terms in programming languages that were required to accomplish tasks in an operating system were not copyright-protected. In Zalewski v. Cicero Builder, meanwhile, the, brief points out that court found that “if an idea ‘can only be expressed in a limited number of ways,’ those means of expression ‘cannot be protected, lest one author own the idea itself.’”

“Copyright law protects the means of expressing ideas or concepts, but it does not give the copyright holder the right to exclude others from making use of the ideas or concepts themselves,” the brief argues. “Neither is one permitted to register copyright in a word.”

For those of you who would like to step-up CosPlay a notch by learning or creating a language, more on the Language Creation Society  is its website.

About Conlanging and Conlang.org

Conlanging is the creation of constructed languages or conlangs, such as Esperanto, Lojban, or Klingon. A conlanger is someone who creates or constructs languages or conlangs.

Conlang.org is a site for conlangers, would-be conlangers, those interested in or curious about conlangs, and anything else to do with conlanging.

So join us…. it will be CHONG!

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Dear Readers: I am thrilled to be able to be a guest on Canto Talk this Thursday, April 21 at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST; click here for live show or archived podcast).

My guest that night will be independent conservative activist Dawn Wildman, coordinator for California Tea Party Groups and co-founder of the SoCal Tax Revolt Coalition.  She and I have been friends since the first Tea Party over 7 years ago!

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California has been crazy indeed:

Our former “conservative” Governor shortened the sentence of the son of a political ally who murdered another young man.

We are poised to let lose a Manson Family cult killer.

California Republicans are crazy about Ted Cruz.

California Democrats are just plain crazy and are beginning to #FeelTheBern.

There is a new California Gold Rush…involving Texas and Tennessee

We are looking forward to sharing the craziness with Canto Talk listeners!

 

 

 

 

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Dear Readers: I am thrilled to announce that fellow Legal Insurrection author and friend Kemberlee Kaye will be our guest on Tuesday, March 8th at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST on Canto Talk. (Click HERE during showtimes, or after for the podcast).

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The topic will be Election 2016.  To say that it has been a thrilling ride would be an understatement.  The Cruz/Trump split decision on “Super Saturday” certainly has made the race for the nomination competitive.

However, the Democratic Party’s race has been no less interesting.

The use of coin-flips and Super-Delegates may have helped propel Clinton to the “inevitable” spot. Threats and warnings by party insiders have been used against Sanders’ supporters to keep the troops in-line.

However, the trickery and bullying come with a steep price. A progressive site, Left Wing Nation, is already deriding #NeverHillary liberals who vow they will stay home or vote Republican.

 

We will also get an inside look at what happened at the recent CPAC:

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We will get an up-close look at some of the speeches and reactions to them, including:

Ted Cruz’s CPAC Speech

Rubio at CPAC: “Ronald Reagan looked and acted nothing like Donald Trump”

 

And, of course, the reaction to the no-show by Donald Trump.

It should be Yuuuuge! Please tune in or download the podcast for later listening pleasure.

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Dear Friends: For those of you who like my crackling political commentary, I decided to go back to my original blogging roots and cover hot topics in Egyptology for the next Canto Talk show.  So, I hope that you will join Silvio Canto Jr. and myself this Wednesday, Feb. 17th to discuss the a wonderful new podcast program on the subject (click here at 7 pm PST/9 pm CT/10 pm EST or after for the archived show.)

I will be introducing the Canto Talk audience to Dr. Eric Wells, host of Eric’s Guide to Ancient Egypt.

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As Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, we will be reviewing love and romance in ancient Egypt.  I suspect many of you will be surprised by how seriously the Egyptian’s took their passion.

Eric has a real gift of making ancient history appealing for everyone — from humble amateurs such as myself to those who have an in-depth knowledge of Egyptology.  He has an incredible voice for radio, and his podcasts are simply among the best history programming available in new media today.  I am thrilled to have this opportunity to share is excellent work with a larger audience.

I am hoping we might be able to cover a few other topics, too. During the first show I listened to, Eric’s guest Kara Cooney covered the relationship between the iconic beauty Nefertiti and her husband, religious heretic and pharaoh, Akhenaten.

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And while I agree with most of their assessments about Akhenaten, I would disagree as to their choice about his modern counterpart — which Cooney said was Donald Trump.  I would assert that between the monumental building, big ego, and the numerous wives and kids, Ramses the Great would be a better match.

 

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No matter your  political inclination, Egypt is a fascinating land with intriguing discoveries still to be made.  I hope to chat with Eric about the status of the work related to potential chambers in King Tutankhamen’s tomb and the Great Pyramid.  I also plan to review his own interesting work in the field.

It should be a great show!

 

 

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Antonio F BrancoDear Readers:  UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, this show is rescheduled for DEC. 17th!

It will be my enormous pleasure to chat with Legal Insurrection’s Antonio F. Branco, America’s best political cartoonist!  Tune into Canto Talk this Thursday, Dec. 10th Dec. 17th at 7 pm Pacific/9 pm Central/ 10 pm Eastern time (click HERE for show or archived podcast afterward).

I have been a fan of political cartoons for ages…clipping out and pasting some of my favorite to tape on my walls as a teen.  I even gave a lecture to my son’s 4th grade class on the history of political cartoons…featuring some of Antonio’s work!

Antonio has just published a book of his work, and I encourage you to head over to Legal Insurrection and order some as Christmas/Chanukah gifts for those who are avid current events followers. I know I ordered mine…autographed!

 

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The book is available at a $5 discount off the $24.95 list price at Patriot Depot (where they throw in a calendar of Branco’s cartoons as well), and at list price at Amazon.

At Patriot Depot only you can purchase an autographed copy for $29.95.

Silvio Canto will be leading the discussion, which will include a California update that covers last week’s slaughter in San Bernardino.

Meanwhile, here are a couple of the Antonio’s most recent gems at Legal Insurrection:

  1. This Time I Mean It

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2. I Have Seen the Enemy

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3. Rock the Cradle

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As an occupational safety and environmental health professional, I have been following the news of the shooting deaths of Virginia reporter Alison Parker and photographer Adam Ward by Vester Lee Flanagan closely.

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Is there anyway that this tragedy could have been prevented, and are there lessons to be learned for other employers who can then better protect their staffs from senseless violence? As Flanagan was a former employee of Parker and Ward’s station, it seems appropriate to consider the possibility.

By definition, workplace violence includes:

  • Threatening behaviour – such as shaking fists, destroying property or throwing objects.
  • Verbal or written threats – any expression of an intent to inflict harm.
  • Harassment – any behaviour that demeans, embarrasses, humiliates, annoys, alarms or verbally abuses a person and that is known or would be expected to be unwelcome. This includes words, gestures, intimidation, bullying, or other inappropriate activities.
  • Verbal abuse – swearing, insults or condescending language.
  • Physical attacks – hitting, shoving, pushing or kicking.

Reports now indicate Flangan’s employment history included many of these incidents. He was self-described “powder keg,” fired from his job at WDBJ in Virgina because of “anger management issues.”A 23-page note was sent to ABC news that indicates Flanagan was inspired by the Charleston shootings:

This morning, a fax was in the machine (time stamped 8:26 a.m.) almost two hours after the shooting. A little after 10 a.m., he called again, and introduced himself as Bryce, but also said his legal name was Vester Lee Flanagan, and that he shot two people this morning. While on the phone, he said authorities are “after me,” and “all over the place.” He hung up. ABC News contacted the authorities immediately and provided them with the fax.

In the 23-page document faxed to ABC News, the writer says “MY NAME IS BRYCE WILLIAMS” and his legal name is Vester Lee Flanagan II. He writes what triggered today’s carnage was his reaction to the racism of the Charleston church shooting:

“Why did I do it? I put down a deposit for a gun on 6/19/15. The Church shooting in Charleston happened on 6/17/15…”

“What sent me over the top was the church shooting. And my hollow point bullets have the victims’ initials on them.”

However, given the fact that Flanagan had been fired and escorted out by police (not a typical occurence for any firing), the question has to be asked is there anything the news station could have done to anticipate his attack?

For example, could monitoring of Flanagan’s social media account by the station’s Human Resource staff provided any warning? Should Parker, Ward, and other station employees have been informed of Flanagan’s history, so they could have been on the lookout for him and know what to do if he showed up during filming? Could past employers have been able to warn the Virginia station of any problems with Flanagan if rules preventing such information dissemination had not been in place?

As with many of the other senseless slaughters covered on Legal Insurrection (e.g., Charleston, Santa Barbara, Aurora, Sandy Hook), the failure to address metal illness effectively was a key component. Gun control is not the issues as much as “mental illness control”.

And while journalists such as Parker and Ward can potentially experience violence while covering a story, a feature piece on local anniversary is typically a high risk event. The UK Daily Mail offers some background on the two victims:

According to her bio at WDBJ7.com, Parker was the station’s morning reporter. A local girl, Parker had spent much of her life outside Martinsville, about an hour from where she was tragically gunned down Wednesday.

Prior to her time at WDBJ, Parker worked near the Marine base Camp Lejeune for the Jacksonville, North Carolina bureau of WCTI.

She graduated from James Madison University just three years ago. While there, she interned at the local ABC/Fox affiliate and was news editor for her university’s nationally recognized newspaper, The Breeze.

According to her station biography, she says she liked to whitewater kayak, play with her parents’ dog Jack and attend community theater events.

‘She was so enthusiastic and she was doing what she loved,’ Deon Guillory, a reporter who had Parker as an intern in college, told CNN. ‘She was living her dream.’

Photographer Ward was a Virginia Tech graduate who attended high school in Salem, less than an hour from the scene of his murder.

The two Virginia natives often worked together on WDBJ stories and started off at the station as interns.

In April, they traveled together to Appomattox for the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. In February, the station posted photos of the duo to Facebook as they dressed up as bride and groom at a local bridal store.

‘Adam was a delightful person. He worked hard – you could tell he loved what he was doing,’ Robert Denton, who taught Ward at Virginia Tech University, said.

I hope some serious lessons are learned in the wake of this tragedy, instead of the usual cries for more gun control.

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